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Androole: This is pretty much the price point that the Sony FE 35/2.8 probably should have arrived at.

I expect this will be pretty popular if the AF isn't totally terrible.

Canon's 40mm f2.8 pancake is incredibly sharp, too, but it's $200.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:26 UTC
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Androole: I think we have hit Peak Kickstarter.

$49 for a 5mm thick aluminum plate with a few tapped holes drilled in it.

I'm sure they're proud of the swoopy shape they were able to put into the CNC mill, but the fact that I could purchase $10 in materials (retail price) and contract a custom millwright in North America to make me one of these from a drawing for the same price as their Chinese mass-produced widget is pretty absurd.

Or I could just make it myself in 30 minutes with a drill press and a set of taps. There's not even any mechanical engineering needed for this. Just pure profit margin.

I don't normally like slagging on creative new ideas for products. But this is not innovative, nor is it solving the problem better than anything else on the market, nor is it doing so affordably. It's a lose/lose/lose product.

I don't have a problem with a company making a profit. I'd want to set the highest price I could without ruining demand, too. That's why I'd start a business in the first place. There are plenty of products that have low cost and high profit margins. Look at iphone cases. You have cases from 99 cents to 99 dollars. All just chunks of molded rubber and/or plastic.

I do think there is a lot of risk in pricing way higher than cost, though, as it leaves a lot of room to be undercut by competition.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
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Androole: I think we have hit Peak Kickstarter.

$49 for a 5mm thick aluminum plate with a few tapped holes drilled in it.

I'm sure they're proud of the swoopy shape they were able to put into the CNC mill, but the fact that I could purchase $10 in materials (retail price) and contract a custom millwright in North America to make me one of these from a drawing for the same price as their Chinese mass-produced widget is pretty absurd.

Or I could just make it myself in 30 minutes with a drill press and a set of taps. There's not even any mechanical engineering needed for this. Just pure profit margin.

I don't normally like slagging on creative new ideas for products. But this is not innovative, nor is it solving the problem better than anything else on the market, nor is it doing so affordably. It's a lose/lose/lose product.

So you could pay someone to make it for you for the same price as you can pay these people to make it for you?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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AshMills: Is it just me that thinks the glass/price ratio is actually quite low- compared to Nikon 35mm 1.8 (dx of course) lens or even the venerable FX 35mm F2 AFD lens?

(ie. I think it is a bit expensive)

I know the point you are trying to make, but pricing follows the market as much as it does cost of goods. The FE lens market trends toward higher prices, so this does too.

For that same reason, If it were a f2.8 prime for Nikon APS-C, it would probably be $150.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 01:05 UTC
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Potemkin_Photo: Love dancing. Gonna put it on a6000

Get a Sigma 30mm f1.4 for cheaper.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 22:55 UTC
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Androole: This is pretty much the price point that the Sony FE 35/2.8 probably should have arrived at.

I expect this will be pretty popular if the AF isn't totally terrible.

Agree. And I still think the Samyang is a little expensive for an f2.8.

Now if it were f2....

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 22:53 UTC
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skanter: Why get this instead if the Sony 35mm 1.8, an excellent lens?

You'd probably get it over the Sony 35mm f1.8 because you shoot Full-Frame. I would agree it makes little sense for APS-C (You also have Sigma 30mm f1.4 for $340)

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 22:52 UTC
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AshMills: Is it just me that thinks the glass/price ratio is actually quite low- compared to Nikon 35mm 1.8 (dx of course) lens or even the venerable FX 35mm F2 AFD lens?

(ie. I think it is a bit expensive)

Since this is for E-mount, the competition is the Zeiss 35mm f2.8, which is $800.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 22:51 UTC

I wonder what lens they used for inspiration?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 21:41 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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justmeMN: The Nikon DL line is much better than what Sony has to offer. Oh, wait...

When choosing a non-existent camera, I prefer Ricoh's 1" compacts to Nikon's.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
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FLruckas: Quirky set of specs....

Raw only on out....booo....

Well sort of....

IR cutoff removal...nice....

4.7k nice... would have preferred 5.2....

Didn't look deep enough to see where they'd provide the 4.7 to or if they're gonna force you to take the downsized image in anything but RAW....

Dual native ISO...trick pony...nice...

Price...

Don't believe it...

The Vericam LT isn't that useful without the other $2k or so of gear....

Sort of like RED pricing....

But certainly better than the Varicam LT pricing....

I'm still looking harder at the C200.....

But this is certainly interesting....

I feel like you just need a sick bass line in the background and you could rock an open mic poetry slam.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 04:04 UTC
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Fujica: 100 years of Nikon.... and this is what they come up with.

Yes. This is the only product they sell now.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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ABM Barry: No RAW, ..... Not interested in the least.
File format is the first thing I check out. (Saves me wasting time)

you save some time fixing the WB, but you end up spending 5x more time fixing the noise, CA, vignetting and massive distortion.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 15:20 UTC
On article First shots from new Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED (223 comments in total)
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Bambi24: All of these shots really could have been made on a smartphone, which tend to be around 28mm equivalent.

They're not demanding on the AF system, nor were they shot in challenging lighting conditions.

I like the shots, it's not that, but they could have been made on any camera or smartphone.

in what universe does f13 DOF = f1.4 DOF

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 19:18 UTC
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ABM Barry: No RAW, ..... Not interested in the least.
File format is the first thing I check out. (Saves me wasting time)

RAW on 1/2.3" is usually not pretty. You don't want to see behind the curtain.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
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maximme: Dear Nikon

bring it down to $199 and you got a deal.

Check back in 2 years and I'm sure it will be.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 16:07 UTC

Why is 4K so rare and expensive on compacts and so cheap and common on phones?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 15:50 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (389 comments in total)
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stratplaya: Stop using Google for your searches, folks. Use Bing. I love it.

probably 2/3 of Bing searches are for the word "google". :)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
On article Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8 IS STM Macro sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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CanonKen: Too much to ask for a FF version? 60-80mm range?

Canon made a 50mm f2.5 Macro about 25 years ago that is still available.

If you want 60-80mm, Sigma has the very sharp 70mm f2.8 Macro.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 17:24 UTC
On article Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8 IS STM Macro sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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rrccad: I assume you used the EF-M to EF adapter for the 35mm macro and the M6. how was the focus performance? I found the focus performance "okay" with the 60mm macro and the M3 - failing often at near macro distances - is the m6 better?

Which is why you'd need an adapter to use it on the M6, right?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
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